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(or possibly Rufinus, cf. [1. 163 f.4]). Son of a freedman of Caesar (cf. [2. I 56]), whom the latter left behind in Alexandria [1] in 47 BC as the commander of three legions. R.'s characterization as Caesar's 'lover' (exoletus: Suet. Iul. 76,3) is likely to be polemical.


1 P. Graindor, La Guerre d'Alexandrie, 1931

2 H. Solin, Die stadtrömischen Sklavennamen, 1996.

G. Geraci, Genesi della provincia romana d'Egitto, 1983, 26 f.

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Ameling, Walter (Jena), “Rufio”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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